About us

Here is a bit of a run-down on our Tassievore team.

Now in it’s 3rd year, the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge is coordinated by Sustainable Living Tasmania, in collaboration with Produce to the People, Urban Farming Tasmania, the Tasmanian School Canteen AssociationEat Well Tasmania, the Heart Foundation, Healthy Food Access Tasmania and the University of Tasmania.  There is also an amazing group of dedicated volunteers, based around the State, who make it all possible!  We are Tasmanians who are passionate about supporting our local producers and small businesses; encouraging people to grow their own; and creating sustainable communities.

For more information about this years challenge (and to print a copy of our We support the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge poster!) see our 2015 flyer.

We also would like to thank Sue Moir and Dianne Marshall from Move Well Eat Well for partnering with us in 2015 for the schools challenge – we can’t wait to see what those budding primary school Tassievores have to share with us! Read more about it on our schools challenge information sheet #tassievorekids.

If you would like to contact us or send in photos/recipes/ideas please use our facebook page – it’s the way we roll. If you aren’t into facebook feel free to email us on taslocavore@gmail.com or ring Sustainable Living Tasmania on 6234 5566.

LissaWho am I? Lissa Villeneuve | Project Manager shop manager | serial volunteer | mum

Why Tassievore? I am passionate about food – growing, cooking and eating good food are some of the best things in life! Tasmania is an amazing place to live and the food we produce is fantastic. I am committed to supporting Tasmanian businesses and hope that we can dramatically improve the viability of small and medium scale food producers in our State, which I believe is crucial for our long-term sustainability and food security.

Who am I? Sandy Murray | University lecturer | dietitian | food system researcher

Why Tassievore? The benefits of purchasing local food stretches beyond my plate and supports the local economy (local producers and small business owners), the environment and builds a resilient and strong community. I want to help and encourage more people to eat local food and build awareness around the benefits.

Who am I? Caitlin Saunders | balcony gardener | experimental cook | Dietitian | researcher |

Why? I love a challenge, so how could I resist! I love Tassie, our local produce is some of the best in the world. I want to make the most of it, and get a bit more creative with using seasonal fruit and veggies. If I can support local farmers and businesses at the same time, what’s not to like?

LeahWho am I? Leah Galvin |  New Tasmanian |  Project Manager |   Preoccupied with food security

Why Tassievore? For me Tassie is food paradise. We have great farmers and produce and I would like to see a stronger connection between them and the Tassie ‘eaters’. Working to have more locally grown and produced foods in communities across all of Tasmania will help make our economy, our culture and our health more resilient.

About usWho am I? Kym Blechynden  Ex-mainlander | Tassie convert | Nutritionist Aid Worker

Why Tassievore? Really this should be why not? Eating good Tassie food/drinks, spending weekends exploring the region and getting creative in the kitchen and veggie garden – and did I mention eating lots of great Tassie food and drinks?! We have and amazing variety of produce available to us each season in Tassie – it is a great opportunity to learn more, get creative and make changes that will continue long after the challenge has finished.

Who am I? Pen Clark | Tasmanian | mother | food lover grower | dietitian |

Why Tassievore? I am Tassievoring because I am passionate about Tasmania’s bountiful harvest and want to support our producers and businesses. I also believe that eating more local and seasonal produce will be better for my family and help us to take better care of the world around us.

Who am I? Lope Dodd | Produce to the People Tasmania | mother | grower | gatherer | giver |

Why Tassievore? We are so blessed here in Tasmania, why wouldn’t I want to support local growers and producers? I am also really interested to see how far items in my normal food basket have travelled to get to me, and see how I can make changes to go local.

391049_10151897121624128_2077249711_nWho am I? Bridgette Watt | Contemporary Arts Student| Urban Farming Tasmania | General Practitioner | Grower

Why Tassievore? I would like to see how we can explore the local Tassie food options through growing our own, sharing with our neighbours, foraging for fruit, supporting local business and buying close to home.


Serena KingWho am I? Serena King | Passionate | (beginner) grower | food communicator

Why Tassievore? Tassie has such amazing produce and we can all have a go at growing something ourselves, foraging or even milking a goat!! Getting creative with our local products and making something delicious with our seasonal harvests is  a win-win all round, good for Tassie’s economy and environment, great for the home budget, our health and our taste buds!

NenitaWho am I? Nenita Orsino | Executive Officer| Eat Well Tasmania | Foodie | Grower | Parent
Why Tassievore? I was privileged to come from a family of foodies and grow up on home grown Tasmanian produce. That meant everything from growing our own fruit and veg to catching and cooking our amazing sea food and this led to my love of Tasmanian foods, which rival the best in the world.  However, not everyone has had this privilege.  I want to share the news about how amazing Tasmanian produce is and to encourage Tasmanians to think about our local food systems and the benefits of buying locally produced foods, because buying locally produced food benefits everyone.

Julie DunbabinWho Am I? Julie Dunbabin | Executive Officer – Tasmanian School Canteen Association | teacher of Food and Nutrition | love to cook |
Why Tassievore? I love a challenge, although I really don’t see this as one. Tasmania has the best foods going – great cheeses, vegetables, fruits, meats, fish and crustaceans, wines and amazing condiments. Supporting our local farmers & growers is paramount in the aim to eat locally and live simply.  Supporting Tassie Schools is a great way to teach kids these important aspects of enjoyable eating.

Lisa WestWho am I? Lisa Jane West | Proprietor of Stanton Bed and Breakfast | immediate past title, Learning and Development Advisor |  recent Tassie arrival | value driven

Why Tassievore?
Since making our life changing leap in 2014 from mainland 9 to 5ers to running our own bed and breakfast in the Derwent Valley, my husband Garth and I have become staunch Tassievores. We are motivated by having a close connection to growing our own and supporting Tasmanian farmers, growers and artisans. Just like us they love what they do and put their heart and soul into their products. Tourists to this little island state want to eat drink and live like locals, and why wouldn’t they with so much abundance. It gives us great satisfaction to serve up our own ‘Taste of Tasmania’ to our guests. Think seasonal, buy local, eat well.

Who am I? Sarah Connally | Mother | health worker | student | full time obsessed food grower/ consumer

Why Tassievore? Why Not?!  We have so much quality food at out fingertips here in Tasmania, however are so used to having ANYTHING and EVERYTHING from every corner of the globe on our dinner plate- For my health, the environment and the local economy, I am going to eat simply. I am motivated to make the most of the beautiful bounty we have here in Tassie, to truly eat seasonally (yes, that means no tomatoes in August) and to put my money as directly as possible into the hands of those who grow my food. {editors note – Sarah is not actually living in Tassie at the moment but is a supporting us from outback NT. We hope she may return one day}.

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4 thoughts on “About us

  1. I an Neela,I born in India ,here in Tas for the past 5 year.I love Tassie .Really admired about everything in Tassi and I am really lucky to be here.I always prefer to buy Tas own products more and advice to my friends aswell.I d like to support local produces.

  2. I don’t want to eat purely local unless i know for sure that the food is replete in iodine and selenium “It is known that inland Tasmania has notably selenium deficient soils however analyses of these soils and the crops that are grown in them have not been carried out.
    This study will focus on a number of vegetables (eg peas, asparagus, potatoes) that are commercially grown in northern Tasmania and the soil they were grown in to determine the correlation between soil selenium and crop selenium levels.” http://www.utas.edu.au/chemistry/research/analytical-and-environment/correlation-of-selenium-in-soil-and-vegetables-grown-in-the-northern-tasmania-honours

    • Hi Carolyn, you are right that Tasmanian soils are low in Iodine but if you use iodised salt in cooking (most purist Tassievores allow condiments/seasoning) and eat fish and dairy you shouldn’t have a problem. Having said that the great thing about this challenge is that we are encouraging people to increase the proportion of their food shop/harvest that is from local sources – you don’t have to aim for 100%. Hope you can join in! Pen (on behalf of team Tassievore)

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